BEST SERVED COLD by Joe Abercrombie (Trade)Via Neth Space:

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell, her brother and sister stolen, and knows she’ll have to go back to bad old ways if she’s ever to see them again. She sets off in pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he’s hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier. Their journey will take them across the lawless plains, to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feuds, duels, and massacres, high into unmapped mountains to a reckoning with ancient enemies, and force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, a man no one should ever have to trust…

Any guesses who Lamb turns out to be? Also looking forward to the return of Nicomo Cosca. Unfortunately there’s no mention of Darque Shadeaux, though certainly he must be hiding in the shadows somewhere. Sounds great, all around.

  • Tom February 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Bring back the Bloody Nine! Can’t wait for new Abercrombie.

  • Seth February 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I’m definitely excited about Abercrombie’s foray into the Western genre. While I enjoyed The Heroes well enough, I’m not a fan of war stories, at least not as a novel’s primary focus, so it fell a bit flat for me just on a personal level. But I’m very curious to see his interpretation of the Western and its application to fantasy. From this synopsis it looks like he’s got several of the motifs down. I have a hard time picturing Cosca fitting in; I thought he was most appropriate in Best Served Cold. While the synopsis gives a good sense of character, it doesn’t help me place the action geographically in Abercrombie’s world. I guess maybe I’m expecting too much from a synopsis. I’m still excited about the book though.

  • Okai February 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    You think the cover will be a revolver with on a map?

  • Bets Davies February 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Love the fusion of Western and fantasy, of course. Find old Joe slows me down, though. I know I’m a minority on that.

  • Al Smith July 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

    No revolvers! I was disappointed by the introduction of canons on The Heros, keep it old school